The Mouth Body Connection

We are seeing an increased amount of evidence that your oral health can affect your overall health.

Diabetes - People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes, and is often considered the sixth complication of diabetes.  Research has emerged  that suggests that the relationship between periodontal disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar.

Heart Disease - Oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream.  Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.

Lung Disease - Bacterial respiratory infections are thought to be acquired through aspiration (inhaling) of fine droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs.  This can cause infections or worsen existing lung conditions.  The bacteria that grow in the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lung to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, especially in people with periodontal disease.

*Source www.dentistry.ubc.ca